Veteran Nigerian musician, Dapo Oyebanjo aka D’Banj, has reportedly been grilled by the police over rape allegations by one Seyitan Babatayo.
It was learnt that D’Banj was grilled by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Adaku Anya, at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Garki, Abuja.
According to The Punch report, a statement was taken from D’Banj, who insisted he never raped Seyitan.
“D’Banj has been questioned twice at the FCID, Abuja. He was questioned last week and also this week. We will leave no stone unturned as we investigate the matter,” Punch reported quoting an unnamed police source.
It was learnt that Seyitan was also invited to write a statement but she stated that she had no means of travelling to Abuja and opted to visit a police unit in Lagos.
“Seyitan appealed with us that she had no means of travelling down to Abuja. So, she has been given the option of reporting at the FCID Annex, Alagbon, Ikoyi,” the officer said.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had ordered an investigation into the allegations levelled against D’Banj last week.
The IG had referred the case to a Deputy Inspector-General of Police to handle.
Seyitan’s friend, Benjamin Ese, in a Twitter thread in early June, had told the story of how D’Banj allegedly raped Seyitan at Glee Hotel, Lagos in December 2018.
She said it happened at an all-white party where D’Banj allegedly offered her friend some money to spend the night which she rejected until he surprisingly showed up in Seyitan’s hotel room around 2 at the midnight.
“D’Banj drove all the way from Eko hotel where he was lodged and came down to glee hotel in Victoria Island at midnight 2.40am and collected the spare key from the receptionist,” Ese said in the thread which has since sparked an outrage.
She said D’Banj allegedly “got into my friend’s room and forcefully threatened he would walk her out of the room naked, kept his fingers in her Vagina, and repeatedly raped her.”
The rape experience, Ese said had caused Seyitan some trauma since the incident happened.
Weeks after Ese’s tweets, Seyitan came out publicly to present herself as the lady who was allegedly raped by D’Banj in December 2018.
The musician, however, denied the allegations levelled against him and asked his accuser to make a public apology and also pay him the sum of N100m in damages.
On Wednesday, Seyitan narrated how D’Banj allegedly got her arrested and deleted all her social media posts.
She said the musician asked her to tell Nigerians that the allegations were a mere publicity stunt.
Seyitan, however, said she rejected all of D’Banj’s advances.